For this months CF:G competition we gave away tickets to the amazing Web We Want Festival at the Southbank Centre.
The Web We Want is a global movement to defend, claim and change the future of the web - seeking the power of the people to create a web that is for everyone.
The festival was an amazing four days of talks and panels on the wonderful and extraordinary web exploring it's challenges and difficulties.
Three CF:G's spent the weekend exploring the festival and our very own CEO Amali De Alwis joined as a speaker about on "Women and the Web"
A big thanks to The Web We Want for the tickets as you can see below they had an amazing time.
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You can read more about the festival from some of our CF:G's below
The Web We Want - Stephanie Allen
A terrific opportunity, my ticket to the Web We Want festival wasn't just access to an educational affair and an occasion to meet a number of figureheads in the community – it was also really good fun!
I attended a number of talks and panels – where topics ranged from industry challenges such as equal opportunities and safety issues, to exciting new areas of development in AI that fall into the realms of what would have previously been considered sci-fi.
In between these, I dipped into a number of installations and performances being held throughout - and it was fantastic to see the broad range in ages of those participating. While some specifically targeted a younger audience – such as the interactive 3x4 Green Room installation, there was a crowd of adults and children alike watching demonstrations of the incredible MiMu Gloves by Drake Music, while a similar group admired the extraordinary mix of art and technology evident in the Woodpecker tool from ThoseWorks – and I also spent time in the Gaming Lounge where I happily sat among a number of young and old, to revisit the retro games of my youth!.
There was of course much more besides; too many to mention here and too many to do justice to in just 4 days! With such a broad appeal and benefits on so many levels to those attending The Web We Want Festival is initiative I would attend again, strongly recommend and would love to see more from!
My Weekend at the Web We Want Fest 2015 - Shwetal Shah
Code First Girls and South Bank centre gave me the opportunity to attend the Web We Want fest during the weekend by entering a competition organized by CF:G.
The fest was filled with a lot of topics that interest me and the weekend was kicked off by a panel debate chaired by Sir Tim Berners Lee, whose foundation organized the whole event at the South Bank Centre. It was quiet an insightful talk with interesting panellists having backgrounds in marketing, tech law and music. This panel talk was all about the rights of the internet and covered the broader topics of digital rights today.
In conjunction to this I attended the End of Privacy panel chaired by the CEO of the web we want foundation, after which I headed to see the exhibitions on display from old computers to 3D doodle pens and as the talks and screenings continued throughout the weekend on different topics. It was an insightful productive weekend well spent and I look forward to more such events and get involved in CF:G activities more.
The Web We Want - Mia Lewis
I'm very grateful for the opportunity to attend the Web We Want festival at the ever inspiring Southbank Centre. This was a weekend of debates, workshops and activity centred around how the World Wide Web has changed the world.
I really enjoyed the panel 'Neuroplasticity and the Web: How Technology is Changing the Brain'. This was a lively discussion between Artists, Designers and Scientists who despite their diverse backgrounds, agreed early on that that the internet is changing how our brains are wired and so the conversation was based on the question, "is this a good or bad thing?".
I've always been interested in this topic from the perspective of a designer. Rebecca Ross, Communication Design Course Leader at Central Saint Martins suggested that recent trends of uniformity and homogeneity in web design could be having negative effect on brains as we are no longer being provided with diverse stimulus online.
With our society spending an increasing amount of time online, it's worth us all remembering when designing a digital world, that variety is the spice of life!
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